Alexander Hightower sent a message to Satoru Iwata that said:
I would like to thank Nintendo for the development of Metroid Dread and the apparent work and level of promotion that has went into it. Metroid has not had the level of success as other series in Nintendo like Mario, Zelda, or Pokemon has had but in my opinion should have. It combines the platforming of Mario with the advenure and exploration of Zelda all with a dark and atmospheric sci-fi theme. I sincerely hope Dread will be the highest selling entry in the series and help bring Metroid in to the forefront of Nintendo's repitoire along the likes of Mario and Zelda. As a long standing fan of the series I want to express my sincere gratitude to Nintendo for the level of interest it has put into the Metroid series as of late. Thank you so much and I hope to see more of Metroid in the future along with the equally anticipated Metroid Prime 4.